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Should, Could, Don’t or Should, Could, Do

Published on January 12, 2014 by in Motivation

Jim Rohn is one of my favorite authors and speakers, and I often quote him because a lot of the principles he taught relate well to health and fitness. One of my favorite fundamentals he taught was the formula for disaster and formula for success. The formula for disaster is: Should, Could, Don’t (or Won’t, Didn’t). The formula for success is Should, Could, Do (or Will, Did). Mr. Rohn once said, “If you should walk around the block for your health, and you could walk around the block for your health, and you don’t walk around the block; if you should eat an apple a day, if you could eat an apple a day, and you don’t – you have to be satisfied with your own poor health and cardiovascular disaster.”

 

Isn’t that true?

 

Below I have assembled some other situations where the Should, Could, Don’t and Should, Could, Do principles hold true.

 

If you should exercise, you could exercise, and you don’t exercise – you have to accept being fat and out of shape.

 

If you should treat your spouse with the same love and affection you showed on your first date, and you can show your spouse that same that same affection, but you don’t – you have to be satisfied with a poor marriage and lack of intimacy.

 

If you should save your money, and you could save your money, but you don’t save you money and instead spend it on shoes, cars, tablets, and jewelry you can’t afford – you have to be satisfied with late bills, debt, and the stress that comes when expenses come up.

 

If you should play with your kids, and you could play with your kids, but you don’t – you have to accept future resentment and rebellion when they seek love elsewhere.

 

If you should discipline your kids, you could discipline your kids, but instead you say, “That’s okay” when they do something wrong – you have to be willing to put up with their lack of respect as they grow older.

 

If you should do your best at your job, you could do your best at your job, but you decide that you will do “just enough to get by” – then you have to be satisfied with your current level of pay, and also be satisfied with possible unemployment.

 

For my teenage and young adult readers: If you should do your best in school, you could do your best in school, but you don’t do your best, give your all, and aspire to be successful – then you have to be satisfied with future struggles in life that come from a lack of education.

 

If you should go to church, you could go to church, but you’re too busy (too tired, too afraid, too embarrassed, etc.) to go to church – then you have to be satisfied with laying on your death bed wondering if you should have.

If you should tithe and donate money, you can tithe and donate money, but you refuse to tithe, donate, give, and show financial sacrifice toward others – you have to accepting of your own selfishness and self-righteousness.

 

But remember, there is always the other side of the story…

 

If you should exercise, you could exercise, and you do exercise – you will be able to reap the reward of good health and a strong physical appearance.

 

If you should treat your spouse with the same love and affection you showed on your first date, and you can show your spouse that same that same affection, and you do look at your spouse with the same eyes that made you fall in love in the first place – then you can live with a marriage that will be satisfying, enjoyable, and lasting.

 

If you should save your money, and you could save your money, and you do save money while making sound financial decisions – then you will not have to stress about money and can take the time to enjoy the important things in life.

 

If you should play with your kids, and you could play with your kids, and you do play with your kids showing interest in what they enjoy – then you will build a bond (that may take a break during some teen years, but) will last a lifetime.

 

If you should discipline your kids, you could discipline your kids, and you do discipline your kids – then you will see disappointment, resentment, and frustration now, but will reap appreciation, love, and understanding in the future.

 

If you should do your best at your job, you could do your best at your job, and you do give 100% at your profession – then you will open doors that you may have never thought were possible before.

 

Students: If you should do your best in school, you could do your best in school, and you do your best in school – Good job! Take that knowledge and build the life you imagine for yourself and your family, and make the world a better place.

 

If you should go to church, you could go to church, and you not only go to church, but also read your Bible and practice a life of faith, well, you already know…

 

If you should tithe and donate money, you can tithe and donate money, and you do – doesn’t that feel good?

 

With anything worth doing in life: If you should, and you can, then go do it. Do not neglect. Sow and reap.

 

For the record, I never had the pleasure of meeting Jim Rohn in person, only through his audio recordings. I don’t know who holds the rights to his work, his books, or his audio programs, nor do I benefit from promoting his stuff – aside from the benefit of possibly brightening someone’s day/life. With that aside, I strongly suggest Jim Rohn’s Challenge to Succeed seminar if you can find it – I have learned a lot of life-changing information from it.

 

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